The Green Economy Initiative

Since 2008, the UN Environment-led Green Economy Initiative assists governments in shaping and focusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of green sectors, such as clean technologies, industry, renewable energies, water services, transport, waste management, green buildings, and sustainable agriculture and forests.

The Economy Division's three-pronged approach comprises:

  • Policy analysis -   the Green Economy Initiative aims to provide convincing macroeconomic evidence for significantly increasing investments in the environment as a means of promoting sustainable economic growth, decent job creation and poverty reduction, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions, extracting and using less natural resources and creating less waste. 

  • Provide advisory services - the Green Economy Initiative produces research products, such as The Green Economy Report, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity series of reports, and the Green Jobs Report to help countries and regions make informed decisions.

  • Partnerships - the Green Economy Initiative aims to foster a collective vision through partnerships with UN agencies, public organizations and the business community.